December 14, 2017

Two Myanmar Lethwei stars win over foreign opponents

Tun Tun Min (Right) kicks Brazilian Jackson Alves in first round of the traditional five-round competition.—Photo: Aye Min Soe
Tun Tun Min (Right) kicks Brazilian Jackson Alves in first round of the traditional five-round competition.—Photo: Aye Min Soe

Both Myanmar fighters defeated their foreign opponents before a sell-out crowd at the Theinbyu Gymnasium, retaining their championships at “All Stars Big Fights” of the traditional five-round competition Sunday.  Too Too, who won gold at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games Champion title in Muay, and ranked number  two in the open-weight category of the Myanmar’s  traditional boxing form, landed punches on the belly of Canadian Matthew Richardson, a fighter from the Phuket Top Team, and had badly hurt the Canadian fighter in the fourth-round. Matthew Richardson who had received a badly hurt on his right fist as his punch landed on the head of Too Too, surrendered after the referee’s counting in the fourth-round. Tun Tun Min, Lethwei’s current golden belt open-weight champion, knocked Brazilian Jackson Alves de Souza down in the first round with powerful kicks, ending the fighting quickly. The Myanmar’s open-weight champion had Jackson Alves, who is currently ranked ninth the WBC Mway Thai listings, badly hurt, slumping down to the canvas for two times in the first round. Some fans left the competition when Myanmar fighter put his Brazilian opponent for the first time in the first round, leaving the message that they could foresee the final result of the fighting. A quick-win of Tun Tun Min did not satisfy the fans who anticipated a big fighting between them. “Brazilian Jackson is also a good fighter and he also won his opponents with the use of his powerful kicks. But, this time, Tun Tun Min is stronger than him,” said U Chit Ko Ko of Myanmar Boxing Federation. Myanmar letwai fans voiced to see a big fighting between Tun Tun Min and his rival Cyrus Washington in December at the same stadium.

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